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E101: English 9
In this course, close reading strategies are embedded in the standard grade 9 curriculum. Students will explore how characters and people form their identities. Through their studies, students will develop reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. They will expand their reading skills by learning how to make inferences, ask questions, and annotate texts from a variety of genres. Students will learn concepts and strategies to increase their comprehension. They will complete all stages of the writing process, practice Standard English conventions, and demonstrate their mastery through a variety of assessments. Students will document and evaluate their progress as writers by maintaining an English Language Arts portfolio. Required Course Texts: Romeo and Juliet; a full length (at least one of: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, The Odyssey, Catcher in the Rye); assorted poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Length: Year; Credits: 20 (10 distributional)

E201: English 10
desks.jpgThis is a yearlong course which will meet every day. In this course, students will explore the following questions: Who has power? What choices do people make when they have power, and when they do not have power? Students will study texts in depth and will write extensively to develop analytical, research and critical thinking skills. They will further develop their independence as writers by crafting original thesis statements, supported by embedded quotations and other relevant examples. They will complete all five stages of the writing process, refine their use of standard English conventions, and demonstrate their learning by completing writing benchmark assignments. They will document their progress as writers, readers, and thinkers in their English Language Arts portfolios. Vocabulary, grammar, and MCAS preparation instruction will be integrated throughout the course. Required Course Texts: Things Fall Apart, Othello or Macbeth, and assorted poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Teachers may also choose to teach a second novel or novella. Length: Year; Credits: 20; Prerequisite: English 9

E301: English 11
In this course, students will explore the American experience by reading and analyzing the works of notable American authors. Through a variety of genres including poetry, short stories, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, students will explore the following themes: individual freedom and the questfor the American dream; the conflict between conscience and conformity; class and alienation; and oppression in America. Students will continue to develop their critical reading skills and express their ideas in writing. They will refine their voice, style, and purpose as writers. They will also be expected to complete the American Authors research project. Students willcontinue to document and evaluate their evolving skills as readers, writers, and thinkers by updating their English Language Arts portfolios. Teachers will integrate instruction of vocabulary, Standard English conventions, and SAT preparation throughout the course. Required Course Texts: The Great Gatsby, a play (usually The Crucible or A Raisin in the Sun), and assorted poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grades 11, 12; Prerequisites: English 9 and 10

E401: English 12
In this course students will explore current social issues of importance in American society. The course will explore the following: justice and injustice, education and power, and conscience and conflict. Students will continue to expand their reading and writing skills and demonstrate their deeper understanding by producing and presenting a final product based on their synthesis of the complexities of the social issues introduced in the class. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grades 12; Prerequisites: English 9, 10, 11